EDP Success Stories


Robert Broome went from logging to lagers and wines and has never looked back. 

After being injured in a logging incident, Robert was in Vancouver recuperating and decided to go to a large brewing supply store. That was the day life took a new turn for Robert.

"I was injured and down in Vancouver receiving treatment," he explained. "I had been brewing beer on my own for a very long time and I always had to order supplies on line. When I was down south I went to the Brewers’ store in Vancouver. There was a fellow I used to splice cable with there who was a sales rep and told me he had lost the dealer in my area. He wondered if I would be interested and I said I would look into it but it wouldn't be something I wanted to do."   Instead, the idea for Wine N' Suds was born.  

For Robert's full story, click here.

BC's Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program helped Sharon Lambert keep the performing alive.

Sharon's operatic performing career was cut short by an auto accident; with help from EDP she is now a professional voice over artist.

"EDP made my business fit into my life versus fitting my life into my business." 

For the full story, click here!.

Intwined Fibre Arts, Salmon Arm


The EDP helped Althea Mongerson spin a long yarn into a success story. Her dream of opening a fibre arts retail outlet in her community of Salmon Arm became her reality.

"With no assets but a great idea and the passion to follow through, Community Futures was willing to take a chance on me. They were my first and greatest source of funding and I wouldn't be here otherwise. Even when I experienced a lull in my business, Community Futures was there to help me through and continues to this day to provide ongoing advice and resources to keep me feeling supported and my doors open."

Read Althea's story here.

Nicolas and Marie's Pizza, Pasta and Donair in Vernon, BC

An EDP loan helped Nicolas Kynigos grow a business with gourmet appeal.

"I didn't have any experience working with Community Futures, but EDP guided me in the right direction." 

Read the full story.


Neighbors Computers, Grand Forks, BC

Dave Bachmier, Owner.

 When dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder there are a number of challenges that must be faced. Small business owner Dave Bachmier of Neighbours Computers in Grand Forks, B.C. faces down these challenges daily, and smiles while doing it.  “I needed to be able to control my own schedule and environment in order to be successful,” Dave shares.  "The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program looked past the disability, and at this ability." 

Watch Dave's video story here:




Ten Top Entrepreneurs from around the Province

Community Futures British Columbia Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program celebrates the success of ten extraordinary entrepreneurs: Our Top Ten entrepreneurs from 2009 speak about entrepreneurship and the business assistance they received from Community Futures.






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